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Sanskrit Studies

The Sanskrit Studies area features immersive study of the Sanskrit language in Sanskrit medium, starting from basic familiarity, moving towards proficiency and takes the students deep into the world of mastery of Sanskrit. Underscoring the importance of Sanskrit for the study of the source texts of the Vedas, Vedanta, Yoga, Ayurveda, and Shastras, in general, i.e. the varied knowledge systems rooted in Hindu thought, this collection of courses focus on practice-oriented study, providing direct, unmediated access to these source-texts without having to rely on translations. Immersion in this area prepares students for a rigorous engagement with Hindu knowledge systems including the literary, spiritual and scientific literature embedded in the Sanskrit language. It enables the students to explore ancient and classical texts such as the Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas and the Prasthana Traya with a commitment and concern for the wellbeing and future of humanity. Students who wish to specialize in Sanskrit may take a minimum of six and as many as ten different courses from the Sanskrit Concentration, in addition to the basic Hindu Studies Foundation courses to complete the course work requirements for their Graduate Degrees.

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency - Advanced Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Advanced Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency- Advanced Phase is structured in the form of 8 quarters (2 years) sequence, 1.5 Credit ...
Advanced Sanskrit - Cases Moods, and Suffixes

Advanced Sanskrit – Cases Moods, and Suffixes

SAN0302 - Refresh knowledge of tenses and vibhaktis; Read and comprehend hitopadesha stories; Engage in everyday conversations; Comprehend longer stories, ...
Advanced Sanskrit - Prefixes, Compounds, Maxims & Analogies

Advanced Sanskrit – Prefixes, Compounds, Maxims & Analogies

SAN0404 - Gain proficiency in the prefixes / upasargas, 4 more types of sandhis, anvaya-krama, and one more laukeeka-nyAya (maxims ...
Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency - Intermediate Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency - Intermediate Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 year) sequence, 1.5 ...
Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency - Beginner Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency - Beginner Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 year) sequence, 1.5 ...
Intermediate Sanskrit – Stories & Songs

Intermediate Sanskrit – Stories & Songs

SAN0201-   Comprehend longer stories, essays, and songs in Sanskrit. Using numbers and studying how they vary with genders This course ...
Intermediate Sanskrit - Exercises in Cases Moods, and Suffixes

Intermediate Sanskrit – Exercises in Cases Moods, and Suffixes

SAN0007 - Refresh knowledge of tenses and vibhaktis; Read and comprehend hitopadesha stories; Engage in everyday conversations; Comprehend longer stories, ...
Advanced Sanskrit - Expressions, Prefixes, & Cases

Advanced Sanskrit – Expressions, Prefixes, & Cases

SAN0303 - Refresh knowledge of tenses and vibhaktis; Read and comprehend hitopadesha stories; Engage in everyday conversations; Comprehend longer stories, ...
Learn Yogashaastram –kaivalyapAdaH 1st Section – With advanced Sanskrit proficiency

Learn Yogashaastram –kaivalyapAdaH 1st Section – With advanced Sanskrit proficiency

SAN3107 In this course students will build upon their study of Yogashaastram in SAN3101-4, plus SAN3105-6, to gain familiarity with ...
Establishing the Importance of Hindu Studies in an Academic Setting

Sanskrit through Yogashaastram – samAdhipAdaH – First Section

SAN3101 In this Course students will be introduced to both the first part of Yogashaastram, Chapter I, and simple Samskritam ...
Advanced Sanskrit - Tenses, Moods, & Cases

Advanced Sanskrit – Tenses, Moods, & Cases

SAN0301 - Learn using different tenses, moods, and cases (2nd, 6th & 7th vibhakti), Using future and past tense in ...
Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters III and IV – And more Samskritam usage

Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters III and IV – And more Samskritam usage

SAN3002 - In this course, which will be taught in the Sanskrit Language, students will build upon their initial knowledge ...
Gita

Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters I and II – And simple Samskritam

In this course, students will be introduced the both the Bhagavad Geeta, Chapters I and II, and simple Samskritam. Elementary ...
Applied Vedic Science - Advanced (Vedanta)

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Vedanta)

(SAN9107) - The schools of philosophy based on the last portions of the Vedas, i.e. Vedānta, not only vary in ...
Beginning Sanskrit - Proverbs & Stories

Beginning Sanskrit – Proverbs & Stories

SAN0104- combined letters (samyukta-akSharANi), In-depth study of purusha, vacana, and linga, Engage in simple reading and conversation, Combine words and ...
Beginning Sanskrit - Sentences & Comprehension

Beginning Sanskrit – Sentences & Comprehension

SAN0103 - More exposure to combined letters (samyukta-akSharANi), Engage in simple reading and conversation, Combine words and phrases for short ...
Beginning Sanskrit - Words & Vocabulary

Beginning Sanskrit – Words & Vocabulary

SAN0102 - Learn Vowels & Consonants, Songs, Numbers, Use of two and three letter combinations, Expanding the vocabulary through nouns, ...
Beginning Sanskrit - Script & Sounds

Beginning Sanskrit – Script & Sounds

SAN0101- Course Contents: 1.Study and use of the DevanAgari script, Origin of the sounds, Pronunciations of Vowels and Consonants 2.Simple ...
Prefixes, Compounds, Sanskrit Maxims & Analogies

Prefixes, Compounds, Sanskrit Maxims & Analogies

SAN2004 - Gain proficiency in the prefixes / upasargas, 4 more types of sandhis, anvaya-krama,  and one more laukeeka-nyAya (maxims ...
Advanced Sanskrit - Poetry, Literature, Writings, and Biographies

Advanced Sanskrit – Poetry, Literature, Writings, and Biographies

SAN0403 - Gain proficiency in the vidhiling lakAra, certain usages, 4 more types of sandhis, anvaya-krama,  and 2 laukeeka-nyAyas (maxims ...
Advanced Sanskrit- Conjugates, Voices & Sanskrit Literature

Advanced Sanskrit- Conjugates, Voices & Sanskrit Literature

SAN0402 - Gain proficiency in the 4 types of conjugates (sandhis), anvaya-krama, Atmanepada, passive voice, bhAve-prayoga, and “kta” usage, through ...
Advanced Sanskrit -Tenses, Parts of speech, Poetry Analysis in Sanskrit

Advanced Sanskrit -Tenses, Parts of speech, Poetry Analysis in Sanskrit

SAN0401 - Gain proficiency in the different lakAras, the Vocative case, adjectives, gerunds, prepositions, wise sayings, rearranging the words in ...
Advanced Sanskrit - Grammatical Structures and Verses

Advanced Sanskrit – Grammatical Structures and Verses

SAN0304 - Gain proficiency in the fifth, sixth, and seventh cases, through shlokas (verses), stories, and conversations. Students will also ...
Intermediate Sanskrit – Nouns & Declensions

Intermediate Sanskrit – Nouns & Declensions

SAN0204 - This is the last course in the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency - Intermediate phase. After this course, ...
Intermediate Sanskrit – Vocabulary & Structure

Intermediate Sanskrit – Vocabulary & Structure

SAN0203 - Gain proficiency in using the three tenses, verbal forms and classifications, past-participles, gerunds, infinitives, and prefixes, through stories ...
Intermediate Sanskrit – Words & Phrases

Intermediate Sanskrit – Words & Phrases

SAN0202 - This course is the second in the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency Program. Starting from the alphabets, gain ...
vedanta

Applied Vedic Science – Vedanta (Basic)

(SAN8107) - The Vedic body of knowledge provides scope for different interpretations even when connected with the same objectives. Particularly, ...
ayurveda

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Āyurveda)

(SAN8105) - The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and ...
jyotish

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Jyotiṣa)

(SAN8106) - The Vedic knowledge systems of the Hindu traditions were supported by auxiliary systems called Vedāṅgas in understanding the ...
advanced ayurveda

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Āyurveda)

(SAN9105) - This course provides an in-depth appreciation of the science and practice of Āyurveda, through a study of one ...
universe

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Jyotisha)

(SAN9106) - Jyotiṣa (loosely translated as astrology/astronomy), described as the eyes of the Vedas, uses mathematical calculations as tools for ...
values

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Yoga)

(SAN9104) - The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and ...
Sāhitya - IV

Sāhitya – IV

(SAN8103) - This course explores the features of prose and campū literature in Sanskrit and provides an illustration of each ...
Sāhitya - III

Sāhitya – III

SAN7103 - In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both ...
Sāhitya - Padya

Sāhitya – Padya

(SAN6103) - In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both ...
Sāhitya Landscape

Sāhitya Landscape

SAN5103 - In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both ...
grammar

Vyākaraṇa – IV

(SAN8102) - Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical ...
Vyākaraṇa – III

Vyākaraṇa – III

(SAN7102) - Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical ...
Vyākaraṇa – II

Vyākaraṇa – II

(SAN6102) - The course involves the study of sections of the Laghu-siddhānta-kaumudī pertaining to the technical terms, rules of interpretation ...
Vyākaraṇa – I

Vyākaraṇa – I

SAN 5102 - Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for ...
Vedas

The Vedas (Atharva)

(SAN8101) - Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture ...
vedas

The Vedas (Yajus-Sāma)

(SAN7101) -Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like ...
holistic yoga

Applied Vedic Sciences Basic (Yoga)

(SAN8104) - This course introduces the categories of Yoga with their respective definitions, based on the Yogasūtras of Patañjali along ...
sanskrit text

Mīmāṁsā Advanced

(SAN7105) - Epistemology is an important subject of study across several śāstras in the Indic knowledge tradition, in both Vedic ...
Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

(SAN7104) - The key features of the Navya-nyāya system of thought as it evolved in time to become the main ...
Vedas

The Vedas (Ṛgveda)

(SAN6101) - The course provides an overview of the features, structure, and contents of the Ṛgveda as well as provides ...
Team project

Term Project – Sanskrit Studies

(MAM401) - At the end of 36 Credit-hours of course work, students will have an adequate introduction to the subjects ...
Mīmāṁsā Basic

Mīmāṁsā Basic

(SAN6105) - In the Hindu knowledge traditions, the science of interpreting various Vedic injunctions and aphorisms, and methods of reconciling ...
Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

(SAN6104) - Two distinct systems of classification of world phenomena, i.e. ontologies have emerged from the Vedic thought called Nyāya ...
Vedic Science Foundations

Vedic Science Foundations

SAN5104 - India has its own highly systematized method of scientific discourse that is followed in all scientific texts, called ...
Introduction to Vedas

Introduction to Vedas

SAN5101 - Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture ...